Standing in front of a Pasco County judge, Osvaldo Flores showed signs of a struggle from trying to escape from a deputy early Friday morning.
While being transported to jail for violating a domestic violence injunction, Flores managed to slip his handcuffed wrists to the front of his body. He then kicked out a window in the deputy's cruiser. Deputy John Brown pulled into the 7-11 off Little Road and De Cubellis Road in New Port Richey to try to stop Flores. Flores got out through the window and tried to run away.
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said, "they got into a struggle.. the suspect Flores started choking Deputy Brown. Deputy Brown was in a fight for his life."
According to detectives...Flores used his handcuffs to try to cut off brown's air supply.
"Flores had made statements absolutely that he was not going to go back to prison," said Sheriff Nocco.
Deputy Brown used pepper spray and the help of a good Samaritan to get Flores under control.
Sheriff Nocco said, "Flores is lucky to be alive. He tried to kill one of our deputies."
Sheriff Nocco has a message for the good Samaritan.
"I can't thank you enough and one day we will..we're going to bring him in we're going to give them a reward."
Deputy Brown's cruiser has a cage that separates the front seat from the back seat but it has no protection on the side windows.
Sheriff Nocco says in 2011, he started to retro fit the older sheriff's cruisers with new bars that will prevent an escape. The sheriff says he is thankful that situation did not end with the death of a deputy.
"This is one of those things that bring back reality of the dangers that our deputies go through both on the road and in the detention facility."
Osvaldo Flores is in the Pasco County jail. In addition to the attempted murder charge , he is also being charged with escape, criminal mischief, violation of a domestic violence injunction and possession of marijuana.
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